Total Area vs Living Area

Did you know that whenever you are looking online, in a magazine, or a book for house plans, it only gives you the “living square footage”? What that means is the square footage under air conditioning. In these calculations it is the gross house area, inclusive of walls.

There is another piece of information that you will need in order to be able to get a proper quote for building and for engineering purposes. That number is the “total square footage under roof”. This includes the entry, garage, lanais, balconies, etc. One of the reasons Sater Design house plans may cost more is because of the large outdoor living areas (i.e.: verandas, loggias, etc.). While these areas are less costly to build than air conditioned space, they still add to the overall cost to build your home.

Thankfully, we have this information available to you. Please feel free to email us or give us a call and we can provide you with the total square footage under roof for any of our house plans. We can also give you quotes for engineering in your area, and we can answer any other questions you may have. So please contact us at Sater Design and let us give you the tools to help you to make your decisions easy and accurately. We look forward to hearing from you!

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